Friday 19 December 2014

The Christmas tree is a star!

What do I  have in common with Ellen Degeneres, Jonathan Ross and Leona Lewis? Well yes, as well as being witty and talented (!) we've all had Christmas trees from Balsam Hill!

Our family usually gets a real tree locally but this year, with our puppy, we decided to go for an artificial tree so that we didn't have to worry about her eating pine needles. I was delighted then when the lovely people at Balsam Hill offered to send me a tree to review - their 4' Vancouver Spruce.

The first thing I noticed was how nicely packaged the tree was. It came with instructions, some gloves to protect your fingers while opening the branches out (even though they aren't as prickly as real pine needles!) and a strong dust sleeve for storing the tree away until next year.

It was easy to assemble the tree - it comes in two pieces which slot together and fit into a stand which is provided. My daughter and I did it together with Christmas music playing (and there may have been some chocolate involved too!) Balsam Hill do sell trees with lights on but mine was unlit so I added a string that I had.

I'm a fussy old weasel and didn't like the stand so we put the tree in a pot instead and wedged it in with stones and gravel which worked really well.

We noticed that the tree was a realistic colour, a darkish green with brown bits, just like a real fir. It was a nice shape too, quite full and fat and not particularly symmetrical which helps it look real! The 4' size was just right for putting on a table top out of the way of inquisitive puppy noses!

We decided on a red, gold and white colour scheme for our tree. If you've been following my blog over the last couple of weeks, you'll have seen my mini crackers, designer paper baubles and clay snowflakes...

... but we also added lengths of the gorgeous Stampin' Up gold sequin trim (which looks STUNNING in real life) left-over wooden snowflakes from the Many Merry Stars kit decorated with gems and ribbon bows made with lush Real Red satin woven ribbon. There was only one thing remaining - a glorious star for the top of the tree!

Er... no, I don't think that would work Nina!

Luckily I had Stampin' Up's star framelits to hand and was able to rustle up a rather glamorous tree topper by layering foil and glimmer paper and adding a couple of those left-over snowflakes that I'd covered in versamark and embossed with gold embossing powder.

So, let's have a look at the final result:

I'm delighted! An artificial Christmas tree that looks pretty realistic, with no dropping needles to worry about, and decorated from top to toe with lovingly handmade decorations.

And what did Eva the pupsicle think of it?

Well, she had a quick romp with a stray bauble I dropped but was much more interested in her pristine (but not for long!) new polar bear friend!

Tuppence is far too grown up to waste her time batting baubles about (unless she thinks we're not looking!)

As always at this time of year, I think of how fortunate I am to have such a great job. It wouldn't be possible to be a Stampin' Up demonstrator without my wonderful customers and I truly do appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you.

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And now it's time to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a lovely break. See you soon for lots more crafting fun.



  1. As always, your blog is a joy to read Vicky. Such a lovely blog post and your tree is simply stunning (I would expect nothing less). A very Merry Christmas to you and your family xxx

  2. What a jolly festive post Vicky. The tree looks fabulous, as do your daughter and you in your christmas jumpers! Have a lovely festive season. Xx

  3. Hi Vicky
    Fabulous tree ... Love the pot.... The Decs look wonderful... Where are the tree Decs?... Lovely pictures of you and Nina... and the Pets....
    Have a fabulous Christmas... Thanks again for all your inspiration and help over the last 12 Months....
    Luv Sylvie xx
    18 degs here today ... Clear Blue Skies... Off to Spain sunday to watch the Panto... In our Fave english Thearte.... Xx

  4. What a lot of lovely festive photo's. Goodness me how Eva has grown already! Glad to see Tuppence is still letting you pet her! Your tree looks fabulous and so do you and Nina.

    Happy hols indeed. xxx

  5. What a lovely Christmas tree - you've both done a wonderful job! Love the photo of the two of you with Eva and Nina's cardigan is gorgeous!


  6. Vicky
    And now I have a crush on your tree as well as your talent....

  7. Lovely story and post. Enjoy your break and have a Wonderful Christmas and a succesful 2015.

  8. Your tree looks lovely
    Happy Christmas to you all
    Jackie x

  9. Great looking tree. We've had an artificial one for about 15 years now. It's huge and it looks great. And our 2 darling cats think we put it up for them to climb in.
    I want to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas.

  10. The tree is absolutely beautiful, and you and Nina are too! Have a great break and a very Merry Christmas! xxx

  11. We have a Balsam Hill full size tree and love it! We've had artificial trees for many years and this is by far the best! Hopefully it's the last one we'll buy. Love all you handmade baubles, especially the star!

  12. Your tree is sweet. And I am very impressed with that star you made. Lovely pics of you and your family!

    Merry Christmas,

  13. Who took those photos!? They did a brilliant job. I love the last one the best, such a beautiful shot of you both. The tree looks fantastic and you did a great job decorating. Happy Christmas. Vx

  14. Marisela Delgado said: Vicky, your blog posts are always so funny and bright. I wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season. As we say in Spanish, FELIZ NAVIDAD! I have had a nightmarish 18 months health-wise (long, scary story), but I am trusting the Lord for a full recovery and restoration for 2015. Including a trip to London. I LOVE ENGLAND! I wish you health and happiness......the same happiness that you bring to others. Your friend in San Antonio, Texas, Marisela


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